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Japan telework orchestra strikes a chord in coronavirus gloom

Apo - The members of the New Japan Philharmonic orchestra tune up for their latest recital, more than 60 musicians ranging from trombonists to violinists and percussionists -- but this is no ordinary performance.

Chile agrees extradition to France of accused in Japanese student murder

Santiago - Santiago's Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to hand over a 29-year-old Chilean man to face trial in France for the murder of a Japanese student.

Chile agrees extradition to France of accused in Japanese student murder: court

Santiago - The Supreme Court in Santiago on Thursday agreed to hand over to France a Chilean man accused of killing a Japanese student.

Japan's Fujifilm starts Avigan trial to treat coronavirus

Apo - Japan's Fujifilm has begun clinical trials to test the effectiveness of its anti-flu drug Avigan in treating patients with the new coronavirus, after reports of promising results in China.

Tokyo organisers eye July 2021 for delayed Olympics: reports

Apo - Tokyo Olympics organisers are eyeing next July as a start date for the postponed Games, Japanese media reported Sunday, following the historic decision to delay the event due to the coronavirus.

Olympics delay a blow for virus-hit Tokyo hotels

Apo - The shock postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics has dealt a savage blow to Japan's hotels and tourism industry, already reeling from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

7.5-magnitude quake hits off Russia's Kuril Islands: USGS

Moscow - A 7.5-magnitude quake hit off Russia's Kuril Islands on Wednesday, the US Geological Survey said, although there was no tsunami threat.

Tokyo Olympic Games are officially postponed to 2021

It's official. The Tokyo Olympics Games are being postponed to 2021, due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that has been affecting the globe.

Canada pulls out of Olympics, Japan says delay may be 'inevitable'

Apo - Canada pulled out of the Tokyo Olympics over coronavirus fears as Japan's prime minister Monday admitted a delay may be "inevitable" and the International Olympic Committee said a decision should come within weeks.

Nintendo online gaming network back after major outage

Apo - Gamers breathed a sigh of relief on Wednesday after the end of a network outage that affected Nintendo's online games, with internet-based systems under increasing pressure from people staying home over coronavirus.

Nintendo online game network hit by outage

New York - Nintendo said its online games were shut down Tuesday as a result of an unspecified network problem as internet-based systems faced pressures from people at home due to the global coronavirus outbreak.

'Heartbreaking': Olympic torch events downscaled over virus

Apo - Tokyo 2020 organisers said Tuesday they had taken the "heartbreaking" decision to scale back parts of the Olympic torch relay due to the coronavirus, but stressed that spectators would still be allowed to watch from the roadside.

Bank of Japan unveils emergency measures over virus

Apo - The Bank of Japan on Monday unveiled a series of emergency monetary policy measures to shore up the world's third-largest economy, as the coronavirus pandemic threatens a global recession.

Japanese man sentenced to death for murder of 19 at care home

Kitakata - A Japanese man was sentenced to death on Monday for the stabbing murder of 19 disabled people at a care home, in one of the country's worst mass killings.

Japan man faces verdict in murder of 19 at disabled care home

Kitakata - A Japanese court hands down its verdict Monday in the case of a man accused of murdering 19 disabled people at a care home in 2016, in one of the country's worst mass killings.

2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo will go ahead, says Japanese PM

On March 14, Japan's Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, stated that the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo will go ahead as planned amid the Coronavirus outbreak.

Scrapping Japan cherry blossom 'like taking hugs away from Italians': Tokyo gov

Apo - Preventing Japanese from gathering to enjoy cherry blossom season because of coronavirus would be like "taking hugs away from Italians," the governor of Tokyo said on Thursday.

What would an Olympics cancellation cost Japan?

Apo - Japan and Olympic organisers are at pains to insist this summer's Games in Tokyo are on, despite the new coronavirus outbreak, but what would a cancellation cost the world's third-biggest economic powerhouse?

Japan unveils fresh economic package to offset virus damage

Apo - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday announced a second emergency package to tackle economic woes stemming from the coronavirus outbreak, including $15 billion in loan programmes to support small businesses.

Japan readies 'state of emergency' coronavirus measures

Apo - Japan's government Tuesday approved draft "state of emergency" measures that would allow authorities to keep people inside and commandeer buildings for hospitals, as Tokyo steps up its fight against coronavirus five months before the Olympics.

Oil bounce supports Asia stocks after 'Black Monday'

Apo - A sharp bounce in the price of oil Tuesday provided some support to under-pressure stocks in early Asian trade, a day after global equities suffered their biggest losses in more than a decade.

E-learning and Nintendo: coping with virus school shutdowns

Apo - When Mayumi Iijima heard that schools across Japan would close over the new coronavirus outbreak, leaving her to juggle her job and two small children, her first reaction was horror."I just said 'no, no, no, no... what are we supposed to do?

Asia stocks plunge on virus fears, oil prices

Apo - Stock markets plunged around Asia on Monday, as panic selling set in with traders fretting over the economic impact of the new coronavirus and digesting a free-fall in the oil price.By mid-morning, the benchmark Nikkei 225 index had dropped 5.

Virus forces Japan to cancel ceremony to mark tsunami

Apo - Japan is cancelling an annual ceremony marking the anniversary of a deadly tsunami and nuclear disaster as the country steps up efforts to curb the new coronavirus, officials said Friday.

South Korea to void visas of Japanese visitors in virus retaliation

Seoul - Seoul suspended a visa-waiver programme for Japanese nationals Friday in retaliation for what it called an "irrational" plan by Tokyo to deal with the coronavirus outbreak, escalating a diplomatic row over their containment measures.

Japan to quarantine visitors from China, South Korea over virus

Apo - Japan will quarantine people coming from China and South Korea for two weeks on arrival to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, the country's prime minister said Thursday.

Japan says state visit by China's Xi postponed over virus

Apo - A state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping has been postponed as preventing the outbreak of the new coronavirus is "the biggest challenge" facing both countries, Japan's top government spokesman said Thursday.

Japan says virus may force Olympic torch relay changes

Apo - Japan will adjust the Olympic torch relay set to begin this month "as necessary" to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, organisers said Wednesday, giving few specifics.

British passenger of virus-hit Japan ship dies

Apo - A British man who was on board a coronavirus-stricken cruise ship quarantined near Tokyo has died, Japan's health ministry said Friday.

Japan PM calls for nationwide closure of schools over virus

Apo - Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday urged schools nationwide to close for several weeks to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, as authorities reported the country's fourth death linked to the outbreak.
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